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The Voice

Winter 2008/2009

Traditional Bowhunters of Montana

Bob Morgan - Winner of 2008 non-harvest photo

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President’s Message Greetings All,

It’s that “other” time of year when we renew our dues once again and gather in the snow (hopefully not quite so much as last year though) Jan 30th & 31st at Chico Hot Springs resort for the 6th Annual TBM Banquet. This years gathering will continue to be more of a mini convention type format with the continuation of Saturday seminars, as well as a Friday Evening start to the silent auction, vendor areas and social time for those who roll into town early. If you are planning to stay at Chico hopefully you already made your reservations by Jan 1st like I warned you as Chico was nearly full when I checked last. If you were unsuccessful in booking a room early there are several options in Livingston which is a little over 20 miles from Chico. Please contact me if you are having trouble finding accommodations. We’ve got Marv Clynke coming as this year’s guest speaker, and if you are unfamiliar with Marv and his lifelong involvement with all aspects of traditional bowhunting you may have been hiding under a rock for the last 30+ years. In case you have been rock bound during this time you can still check out his biography elsewhere in this newsletter. We are very fortunate to have Marv joining us for the weekend and I have little doubt that he’ll be sharing more of his wonderful pictures and stories from a lifetime spent in the company of sheep, goats, and deer on some of the tallest peaks in country. The complete schedule of events will be posted on the website soon and please take a look at the website to see the improvements that our webmaster Yana Robertson has recently done with your official site The bi-annual membership meeting to be held at the ’09 convention will include the following items of business. Election of President and Treasurer Financial Report Update on Non Profit Status Update on Board of Director changes needed for Non Profit Compliance Update on North American Longbow Safari 2010 Discuss possibility of hosting PBS Odd year gathering in conjunction with Summer shoot Discuss preferred location for next years convention Discussion of Other traditional club requests for our mailing list The major changes to the TBM board of directors that need to occur with the non-profit classification are that we will need to expand our elected board to include a handful of area representatives and that the board as a whole will have to meet vote to accept much of the business or expenditures that occur during the year. I will try to have a more in depth report from Rocky Torgerson, CPA (and TBM member) on exactly what those changes are expected to be. If you are considering stepping up to help with your TBM this is your chance as some of us (including your truly) will be retiring from serving in the executive capacity sooner than later, so someone needs to be ready to take over the reins when the time comes. We will also have several copies of the expanded bylaws for you to review at the convention since this document also had to undergo major changes with the non-profit tax exempt filing. Once again this years donors continue to be very generous, and all confirmed donations so far can be viewed in this newsletter under the TBM 2009 Supporters heading as well as on the website after the next round of updates As always donations for the convention are needed and any donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. If you can help with donation collection or would like to donate an item yourself please contact me at either 406-220-1837 or via email at All donors can receive a space in our vendor area at the convention, and will be listed on the website and in the newsletter for the next year Don’t forget to bring your pictures for the Annual Photo Contest and a perhaps a few pedestal type mounts or rugs if possible to dress up our gathering place in the appropriate manner. In closing, I’d like to say thanks again for all the support and encouragement in the last 2 years, my first term as your President. Hope to see you all at Chico! Cheers, Billy Lewis 730 N. Yellowstone Livingston, MT 59047

VP’s Message

Hello everybody, My name is Jake Fischer and I am your new vice president. I was elected at the 2008 summer Moose Creek shoot. For those of you that don’t know me I am 25 years old, grew up in Boise , Idaho and in 2004 moved to Belgrade, Montana for the hunting, where I live with my wife Sammy. I am an apprentice plumber with Smitty’s Plumbing and Heating and currently working on the Ennis Hospital. Traditional bowhunting is in my blood and I have been shooting a longbow since I was able to draw a bow. And yes, for those of you that don’t know, I am the son of the infamous Larry Fischer, co-owner of Traditional Bowhunter Magazine. I hope that everybody’s holidays treated them well and you all have been practicing for the fast approaching hunting season. Good luck to everyone and have an enjoyable year. Jake Fischer 900 W Park Ave Apt #5 Belgrade Mt 59714 2

Traditional Bowhunters of Montana

6th Annual Convention Jan 30th & 31st - 2009

 Location - Chico Hot Springs Resort, #1 Old Chico Rd, Pray, MT. 59457  Reservations - Call 406-333-4933 or 1-800-468-9232 to reserve a room.  Vendors - Space for vendors is available in exchange for a donation of traditionally oriented goods or services. Please contact Billy Lewis at 406-220-1837 or email to make a donation and/or reserve your space.  Cost - Admission to convention and seminars is free, Saturday evening Banquet tickets are $35 *NON-MEMBERS WELCOME*  Activities - Seminars, Flintknapping, Bow Building, Photo Contest  Raffles/Silent Auction - Our annual bucket raffle will be drawn during the banquet Sat evening. The silent auction will be ongoing from Friday evening thru Saturday’s banquet and donations are graciously accepted through Sat evening. The raffle is our primary fundraiser for the year and winners need not be present to win. As always raffle tickets will be sold only at the convention For Additional Information or to make a Donation Contact Billy Lewis at 406-220-1837 or via email at


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Guest Speaker Profile: Marv Clyncke Marv Clyncke is a native of Colorado, born and raised on the family homestead east of Boulder. He and his wife Judy still live there, and raised four boys and one girl, all married with families of their own. Marv has been bowhunting for 54 years starting in 1954. He was instrumental in promoting bowhunting in the ‘60’s, owning an archery shop and teaching new hunters how to shoot a bow and hunt in the traditional style. He helped start the Colorado Bowhunters Association, the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society, and the Compton Traditional Bowhunters. He is past-Chairman of the Compton Traditional Bowhunters ‘Traditional Bowhunting Archives’, a system for recording animals taken with traditional bowhunting equipment. He also helped several other States set up their Bowhunting Associations, including Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. He worked to obtain Colorado’s first Bighorn sheep and Rocky Mountain goat seasons for bowhunting, and help set up Colorado’s records keeping for bow and arrow. He is a Life Member of the Colorado Bowhunters Association, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society, The American Blade Society and the National Rifle Association, A Senior Member and Past Vice-president of the Pope and Young Club, Regular Member of Professional Bowhunters Society (Colorado’s first member), and Charter Member, Life Member, and Past-President of Compton Traditional Bowhunters, a member of the Colorado Traditional Archers Society, Grand Slam Ovis, and the Big Thompson Bowhunters. He is currently on the Compton Traditional Archives Recording committee, which oversees the listing of animals taken with traditional equipment. He is a wildlife photographer and free-lance writer with credits in many outdoor magazines and books. He started the fundraising auctions for the Pope and Young Club that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for conservation. He also started the ‘white papers’, the how to measure manual, for the Pope and Young Club. He also helped publish the first record books for Pope and Young and the Colorado Bowhunters Association. Marv has hunted throughout Colorado with his bow, and was the first hunter (rifle or bow), to take all eight species of big game in Colorado. He has hunted Alaska, British Columbia, Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Wyoming, Texas, Mississippi and South Carolina with bow and arrow. His Stone’s sheep taken in 1994 in British Columbia, was the first recorded Stone’s taken with a longbow. He has promoted bowhunting and fair chase wherever he goes. He has given well over one hundred traditional bows and arrows to kids and adults to get them interested in bowhunting and the outdoors. He also donated over one hundred antique bows and arrows to the Pope and Young Museum. He has taken 13 species of big game with bow, including three of the four North American Sheep. He has been on 51 sheep hunts, and over 20 Rocky Mountain goat hunts, mostly helping other bowhunters, and has never accepted any money for helping. He just enjoys the pursuit of these animals. He has shot longbows for 20 years and recurves before that. He makes all his own wood arrows and most of the other archery equipment except the bows. Marv has spoken to State bowhunting and sportsmen groups around the country, and has conducted seminars on bowhunting, wildlife photography, animal habitat and primitive artifacts. He has conducted fundraising auctions for the Colorado Bowhunters Association, the Pope and Young Club, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, the Professional Bowhunters Society, The Colorado Traditional Archers Society and various civic groups. He is a knifemaker and scrimshaw artist and has donated over $60,000 of his artwork to sportsmen’s and civic groups. His main topics at seminars include enjoying the outdoors and being a fair and ethical hunter. His wife Judy and their children are his favorite hunting partners. Judy and Marv hunt together in many places and will continue to promote bowhunting and the outdoors any way they can, especially with kids and the non-hunting public. He also writes many letters to the Open forum in the local newspaper to defend hunting and the 2nd 4 Amendment right to bear arms. -January 2008

Supporters of the TBM - 2009

Name Address City State Zip Donation Bear’s Paw Archery 230 Juniper Ln Lakeside MT 59922 Antler Knobs for T/D Bow Brant Oswald 117 S 9th St Livingston MT 59047 Float Trip for Two Gary Carvajal 10800 Oral Zumwalt Way Missoula MT 59803 Game Cart Doug Campbell 46 W Boulder Rd McLeod MT 59052 Custom Knife John Ulberg PO Box 9120 E Helena MT 59635 Framed Watercolor Print Joseph Myers 2224 Hwy 87 E #219 Billings MT 59101 Dozen Custom Arrows Mark Baker 5046 US 89 South Livingston MT 59047 Selfbow Sapphire Archery 2705 Sage Springs Court Billings MT 59106 Custom Longbow Pronghorn Bows 2491 W 42nd St Casper WY 82604 $35 Cash Robertson Stykbow 989 Stykbow Lane Forest Grove MT 59441 Robertson Stykbow Gear Eclipse Broadheads 2863 S. Teddy Ave Merdian ID 83646 Dozen Broadheads and Eclipse hats Whispering Wind 77 Pointe Way Hamilton MT 59840 Dozen Custom Arrows Arrows Walt Francis 34 Primrose Lane Gallatin Gateway MT 59730 Selfbow Schafer Bows 312 Helena Flats Road Kalispell MT 59901 Kids Longbow Don Thomas 1898 Timberline Dr. Lewistown MT 59457 Books Frontier Anglers 680 N Montana Dillon MT 59725 Yellow Jacket Broadhead Target TBM Magazine PO Box519 Eagle ID 83616 Books, Stickers, Apparel and License Plate Holders Leo Schmaus Box 218 Hardin MT 59034 $100 Cash

Thank You For All Of Your Support! Traditional Bowhunters of Montana 2009 Dues Renewal & Banquet Registration Form Name___________________________________________________________________ Address____________________________ City, State. Zip________________________ Email____________________________ Phone ____________________________ Membership Type-Check One Individual 1 Year Family- 1 Year Life (Individual) Number of Banquet Ticket(s) Total Amount Due

$15.00 _____ $20.00 _____ $150.00 _____ ____@$35.00 Ea. _____ $________

Please Mail Completed Banquet Registration & Dues Renewal By Jan 15th, 2008 to: Traditional Bowhunters of Montana c/o Billy Lewis 730 N Yellowstone Livingston, MT. 59047 Banquet tickets will be held at the door Please Check here if you would like to receive email confirmation of Ticket purchase ___


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Moose Creek Shoot 2008


Traditional Bowhunters of Montana - Harvests

Kory Baker’s Bull Elk

Mark Baker with his ‘squeaker’ Greg Munther yet another great year!

Bill Owens with his Three Fork Mulie

Bill Owens takes two sheep with one shot!

Doug Campbell brings home the meat!

Leo Schmaus with his taste of fun

Send us your harvest pictures! or

Bert Frelink with a beautiful moose.

Billy Lewis takes a buck. 7

Jokes and Laughs Two Bear Hunters Two men went bear hunting. While one stayed in the cabin, the other went out looking for a bear. He soon found a huge bear, shot at it but only wounded it. The enraged bear charged toward him, he dropped his rifle and started running for the cabin as fast as he could. He ran pretty fast but the bear was just a little faster and gained on him with every step. Just as he reached the open cabin door, he tripped and fell flat. Too close behind to stop, the bear tripped over him and went rolling into the cabin. The man jumped up, closed the cabin door and yelled to his friend inside, “You skin this one while I go and get another one!”

Deer Hunting Two hunters were dragging their dead deer back to their car. Another hunter approached pulling his along too. “Hey, I don’t want to tell you how to do something ... but I can tell you that it’s much easier if you drag the deer in the other direction. Then the antlers won’t dig into the ground.” After the third hunter left, the two decided to try it. A little while later one hunter said to the other, “You know, that guy was right. This is a lot easier!” “Yeah, but we’re getting farther from the truck,” the other added.

Three Shots Two rednecks from Arkansas were out hunting. They decided to separate to get a better chance of catching something. The first redneck says to the other, “If you get lost, fire three shots into the air every hour. That way I can pinpoint you and find you.” After about three hours, the second redneck finds he is really lost. He decides to fire three shots into the air as the first man told him. He then waits an hour and does it again. He repeats this until he is out of ammo. The next morning, the first redneck finds the second with the help of forest rangers. He asks the second redneck man if he did what he told him to do. The redneck answers, “Yes, I fired three shots into the air every hour on the hour until I ran out of arrows.”

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